At this point after yesterday's announcement regarding the potential alliance between WMHS, Meritus and Frederick, the reaction seems to be somewhat subdued. The political types say that they are supportive, and the local media did a nice job in reporting the story in each community. The staff at WMHS seem to be surprised with the choice of partners, but at the same time are intrigued. The medical staff reaction seems positive, but there is always concern in the "what about me category," which we will continue to address. The business community seems very supportive of the alliance. We will see how this all plays out, but it is very exciting as we work to position our health system for the future.
I will be traveling next week and attending a number of meetings out of town. My blogging may be sporadic during the week. Have a great weekend.